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a. A leather seat for a rider, secured on an animal's back by a girth. Also called regionally rig.
b. Similar tack used for attaching a pack to an animal.
c. The padded part of a driving harness fitting over a horse's back.
d. The seat of a bicycle, motorcycle, or similar vehicle.
e. Something shaped like a saddle.
a. A cut of meat consisting of part of the backbone and both loins.
b. The lower part of a male fowl's back.
a. A saddle-shaped depression in the ridge of a hill.
b. A ridge between two peaks.
4. See cricket4.
v. sad·dled, sad·dling, sad·dles
1. To put a saddle onto.
2. To load or burden; encumber: They were saddled with heavy expenses.
1. To saddle a horse.
2. To get into a saddle; mount a horse. Often used with up.
in the saddle
1. Prevailing or in control; dominant: "The crisis [in Russia] came to a head when the American-backed reformers were in the saddle" (Michael R. Gordon).
2. Engaged in an activity, especially a job: back in the saddle after a leave of absence from work.

[Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.saddled - having a saddle on or being mounted on a saddled animal; "saddled and spurred and ready to ride"
unsaddled - with no saddle
2.saddled - subject to an imposed burden; "left me saddled with the bill"; "found himself saddled with more responsibility than power"
burdened - bearing a heavy burden of work or difficulties or responsibilities; "she always felt burdened by the load of paper work"
References in classic literature ?
You ought to been ashamed of your- self to stand by and hear it saddled on to a lot of poor niggers, and you never say a word for 'em.
The Cardiff Hill episode sank into instant in- significance, the burglars were forgotten, horses were saddled, skiffs were manned, the ferryboat ordered out, and before the horror was half an hour old, two hundred men were pouring down highroad and river toward the cave.
After a short period he resumed his meditation on the picture, took it down and leant it against the sofa to contemplate it at better advantage; and while so occupied Catherine entered, announcing that she was ready, when her pony should be saddled.
All they would do was to give me a loaded pistol lest we were attacked, and to promise to have horses ready saddled in case we were pursued on our return, while one lad was to ride forward to the doctor's in search of armed assistance.